HELLO, I'M

Daniela

Andean Archaeologist & PhD Candidate

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Daniela Maria Raillard Arias

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PhD Candidate
Master of Arts
Honours Bachelor of Arts
(with High Distinction)

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About

ME

I am an archaeologist and PhD candidate specializing in the histories and cultures of the ancient Andes in South America. My research involves landscape studies, heritage and community-engagement. I have over 8 years of experience in archaeology, I am trilingual, and I am dedicated to ethical work and social justice.

MY BACKGROUND

From a young age, I've always wanted to learn more about Andean history, a curiosity sparked by my mother's stories and traditions from Colombia. I grew up in northern Canada, where being outdoors is the way of life, and my father, a Swiss biologist and mountaineer, also nurtured me with this lifestyle. These experiences shaped my interests in Andean archaeology.

 

Education

WHAT I’VE LEARNED

2021

PhD Candidate

Northwestern University, Department of Anthropology

Dissertation Proposal: Ancestral Monuments and Community Resilience During Periods of Ecological and Social Crisis in the Chachapoya Region, Peru

GPA: 3.959

Experience

WHERE I’VE WORKED

2018 - Present

Graduate Worker & Teacher's Assistant

Northwestern University, Evanston, USA

2018 - 2019

Pre-Doctoral Researcher

Arqueologia de los Paisajes Mortuorios Andinos, Leymebamba, Peru

2017
2019

Master of Arts

Northwestern University, Department of Anthropology

Thesis: To Know the Dead: The production of mortuary landscapes through movement in the Chachapoya region, Peru

2016

Honours Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction

University of Toronto, Woodsworth College, St. George

Anthropology Major, Archaeology Major, Latin American Studies Minor

GPA: 3.5

2012

Ecole Mathieu-Martin, Secondary School Diploma

International Baccalaureate Certificate

Academic Honours

Independent Researcher

Amazonas & Huanuco Departments, Peru

2016 - 2018
August 2015

Assistant Archaeologist

Proyecto Arqueologico Tambillo, Leymebamba, Peru

Assistant Archaeologist

Lac Leamy Public Excavation

National Capital Commission, Ottawa, Canada

May - August 2015

Tour Guide

Capital Cruises, Ottawa, Canada

January - April 2015

Laboratory Assistant

University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

July - August 2014

Undergraduate Excavator

Proyecto Arqueologico Jatanca y Huaca Colorada, Pacasmayo, Peru

May - September 2013

Nature and Heritage Interpreter

Cape Jourimain Nature Center, Bayfield, Canada

Drone Over the Mountains

AERIAL DRONE SURVEY

 

Skills & Languages

WHAT I BRING TO THE TABLE

Data Analysis

Writing & Editing

Research Design & Implementation

Project Management

Archaeological Field & Lab Methods

Public & Community Engagement

Communication, Emotional Intuition & Cultural Sensitivity

English

Spanish

French

 

Awards

WHERE I SHINE

Graduate Fellowship, Center for Native American and Indigenous Research 

Mellon Cluster Fellowship & Research Awards 2017-2021, Latin American and Caribbean Studies

LeCron Foster & Friends Research Award, Anthropology

University Fellow, The Graduate School, Northwestern University

Interests

OUT OF OFFICE

Travel

Family 

Plants

Gardening

Dining

Hiking

Horseback Riding

Paddle-boarding​

Water Colour Painting

Going Out Dancing

Teaching Experience

SELECT TESTIMONIALS

"I'm so glad I had Daniela as a TA again this quarter. She is incredibly helpful and understanding and always has great feedback and knowledge of the course content."

Anonymous Student Feedback, ANTHRO 211 Culture & Society

“Daniela made herself available, during section and afterwards, and was glad to help us out. She was very enthusiastic and excited to share her personal experiences in the field with us. It really felt like she wanted us to succeed, especially when she'd go above and beyond, offering to help us network if this was a field we wanted to get into. I have never had a TA offer such a useful resource, and I wish more would be like her. "

Anonymous Student Feedback, ANTHRO 214 Archeology: Unearthing History

"Strengths - Super cute, super responsive, super helpful and considerate.

Weakness - None, she just needs to be a professor already!"
 

Anonymous Student Feedback, ANTHRO 214 Archeology: Unearthing History

 

COURSES 

Archeology: Unearthing History

Introduction to Archaeology

2018, 2020

Culture & Society

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

2020

Human Origins

Introduction to Biological Anthropology

2019, 2020

Global Health Studies

Introduction to International
Public Health

2019

Affiliations

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Center for Native American and Indigenous Research

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Department of Anthropology

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Latin American and Caribbean Studies

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Asociacion Comunal de Turismo Leymebamba

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Proyecto Arqueologico Tambillo